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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The Drink the Wild Air winter youth writing retreat  is a great time to reconnect with the WordsWorth community, make new friends, and, most importantly, write! Time will be spent outdoors!

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Drink the Wild Air 2022

March 18 - 20, Online
Cost$140
Registration is now closed
 
While we wait within our homes
And wintry winds blow through slumbering groves
There is a place both fresh and rare
A place called Drink the Wild Air
 
Where friends can come and share their words
And minds and hearts, their voices heard
Though we might not be in person
We'll have a blast, that much is certain!
 
Drink the Wild Air is a Creative Writing Retreat for Youth ages 11 – 19. Typically nestled in the gateway to the rocky mountains in Kananaskis country, this year we’ll come together online to take workshops with working professionals, play games, share our stories, our songs, our poems and our art. Join us on March 18th for orientation, and on March 19th and 20th for a weekend of creative razzmatazz, hijinks, capers, and general hullabaloo.
 
 

About DTWA

Because we can’t offer WordsWorth all year long, there’s Drink the Wild Air.
 
Drink the Wild Air is a whirlwind weekend of creativity unleashed. Participants will arrive in the evening to the rustic site at Kamp Kiwanis and find themselves surrounded by woods, words, and the weird of the wild. From walks through the snow-covered forest and fireside readings in cozy cabins to inspiring sessions from professional writers, Drink the Wild Air offers an experience like no other to a community of budding creatives that is sure to be a breath of fresh air as winter draws to a close. Join us on our adventure, and see why a taste of wild air keeps people coming back for more!
 

But, don’t just take our word for it on how amazing the camps are. Here are some comments from past participants:

I return because I want to continue to learn and grow in my writing skills, and the instructors are so kind it has become a home away from home.”

It is fun & awesome. We do really exciting stuff & it is super happy & stuff. Oh, & it’s, like, writing, so that’s coolness right there.”

I return because everyone here wants to write, they want to play Dungeons & Dragons; they watch every nerdy show under the sun. When people sign up for a class they want to learn about developing a character or how to write a screen play.”

I have so much fun here and so many great friends; everybody is so supportive and it inspires me to continue my writing.”

This is an environment where I’m not afraid to be myself.”

 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before Feb. 28, 2022100% of the registration fees refunded
March 1 - March 11, 202250% of the registration fees refunded
After March 11, 2022No refund

 

The 2022 Team

COLIN MATTY (Camp Director) has been with the Writer's Guild of Alberta since 2012, becoming the Director of Drink the Wild Air and WordsWorth in 2015. He is the author of three plays, two sketch comedies, and thousands of poems. Colin has tread the boards of festivals and competitions from Victoria to Montreal and is an accomplished creator, performer and educator in the fields of theatre, poetry, and improvisation. His work has a strong focus on playful discovery and aims to foster the joy that comes with engaging the creative powers that lie latent within us all.

 

 

 

NISHA PATEL is an award-winning disabled queer poet & artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate, and a Canadian Individual Slam Champion. Her debut collection, COCONUT (NeWest Press) is out. She has two short collections forthcoming in 2022: Not a Disorder (Gap Riot Press) and Patient+ (Gutslut Press). 

Her poetry speaks to themes of disability and equity, racism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour navigating oppressive realities. She works towards the goal of building a stronger artistic community through living in her truth. You can find her at nishapatel.ca.

 

 

 

SADIE MACGILLVRAY was born and raised in Iron River, AB. They love being outside and soaking in all of the sounds and sights that nature has to offer and uses that time to come up with new project ideas as well to sneakily photograph everything that catches their eye. Sadie also enjoys taking time out of their day to learn interesting facts, watch anime, play as many Legend of Zelda games they can get their hands on, as well as sit down and work on the multitude of projects (resin art, cross stitch, knitting, painting, screenplays, poetry, sewing, etc.) they have scattered around their house. Sadie has a Professional Communications degree from MacEwan University, and is a few steps closer to becoming a book editor. Although, going back to school for a teaching degree in English or drama is definitely on the table.
Sadie has decided that even though there technically isn't enough time in each day to do everything they want to do, they are going to try to fit it all in anyway! Stay awesome and weird <3

 

Our Thanks!